Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, suffered a stroke today. beau bidenHe is 41-years old, and is expected to make a full recovery according to the medical director of the Center for Heart and Vascular Surgery at Christiana Care Health System:

Biden has what the doctors "believe to be a mild stroke," according to Gardner. "[He is] "fully alert, ...

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The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next. -Helen Keller The patient returned to my clinic several years after her original thyroid cancer surgery. “The cancer blood test never went completely back to zero,” she told me. “We knew there was cancer in there somewhere. Finally, the new ultrasound machine found it! I guess it is time for more surgery!” I guess. In my patient’s situation, the latest high resolution diagnostic ...

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Hypothetical case scenario 27-year old female presents to the office with a complaint of irregular periods. Menarche was at age 15, and periods occur about 1-2 times a year. Breast development began at age 9, followed shortly by axillary & pubic hair. Growth spurt was at age 13. She’s been trying to get pregnant for the last one year now, and has never been seen before for her irregular periods. On physical ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 21-year-old man is evaluated for painful sores in his mouth. Episodes of these sores have occurred two to three times yearly since he was 16 years old, and he believes they are associated with stress. They usually appear on the inside of his mouth as a single, round, painful lesion, lasting for 5 ...

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by David Edelman, MD Heartburn and acid reflux disease are common problems affecting women of all ages. The problem develops when acid in the stomach backs up into the esophagus. There is a muscle known as the diaphragm that separates the chest from the abdominal cavity. When you eat or drink, the food goes from the mouth down the esophagus, through the diaphragm and into the stomach. ...

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by John Gever "Jersey Shore" wannabes beware: some people crave the indoor tanning experience so much that it qualifies as an addiction, researchers said. Among 229 college students completing a survey, 39.3% met DSM-IV criteria for addiction, reported Catherine E. Mosher, PhD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and Sharon Danoff-Burg, PhD, of the State University of New York at Albany, in the April issue of Archives of Dermatology. Participants ...

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He is 93 and has numerous medical problems, most of which involved aging blood vessels, as well as multiple orthopedic issues, including compression fractures and diffuse arthritis. The bony issues have resulted in a severely compromised mobility of late. Despite ongoing treatment with both aspirin and clopidogrel, he presents after numerous hours of focal neurologic symptoms. A CT scan shows no evidence of bleeding and the diagnosis is a major stroke ...

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Although some psychiatric conditions are acute and transient, most are chronic. They may wax and wane, but most of them do not go away. Likewise, psychiatric medications can significantly improve people’s functioning and quality of life, but they manage, not cure, mental illness. It’s therefore not surprising that a common conversation that patients and psychiatrists have revolves around the question, “Do I have to be on this medication ‘forever’?” I’ve previously written ...

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by Todd Neale The status of a new inflammatory bowel condition identified in the retracted Lancet paper that linked the MMR vaccine and autism -- autistic enterocolitis -- appears to be in limbo. The 1998 paper by Andrew Wakefield, MBBS, and colleagues was fully retracted by The Lancet in February, although the alleged and repeatedly disproven vaccine link was dropped in 2004 ...

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by Todd Neale Although inhalant abuse has become less prevalent since the early 1990s in all age groups, it remains a source of injury and death, particularly among teenagers, researchers have found. From 1993 to 2008, intentional exposure to 3,410 different inhalants was reported to U.S. poison control centers, Toby Litovitz, MD, of the National Capital Poison Center in Washington, and colleagues reported in the May issue of Pediatrics. The highest rate of ...

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